December 30, 2013

Influenster | The JollyVoxBox

Hello There!

I am so excited to share a complimentary sample service that was sent to me and is absolutely fantastic. Influenster is a survey website that sends you sample products when you complete the right surveys and polls and qualify for the boxes. I was lucky enough to qualify for the holiday box, and Influenster sent me a little gift for the holidays. The best part is, the products they send you are full size and completely free! Here is what I got it my box:

My mistake- this one is called Luna!

I got 16.50 dollars worth of stuff for free! It's an amazing service, and completely complimentary.

Here is my unboxing video:

Have you discovered Influenster yet?

Happy Holidays!

xx BB

Influenster links:

December 23, 2013

What's on My Playlist? | Christmas Edition

Hi everyone!

Christmas is around the corner and, even if you are not religious like me, you can still listen to these songs to get you into the holiday spirit:

What's your favorite Christmas song?

Happy Holidays!
xx BB

The Gunmetal Manicure

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I have been enjoying a new shade range on my nails lately, and I thought, because it is winter, that it would be the perfect time to share it with you. I love gunmetal polish, because it is a grunge-y shade that gives the same effect as a black without looking slightly tacky, and is beautiful and sparkly without turning your nails into a disco ball. It's the Goldie Locks of nail polish. Here are some of my favorites:

OPI Black Satin::

This is the most expensive of the bunch, and also discontinued, however I thought that if you could find it that it would be worth a mention. I love this shade because it is so close to black, yet it a bit lighter and has a shimmer that makes it more wearable than black polish.

RP 9.00

Loreal Stroke of Midnight::

This is a close dupe for the OPI shade, so if you cannot find the discontinued OPI color this is a good option. It's a bit lighter and more of a classic gunmetal color, but it has a very similar finish and sparkle. It applies beautifully and, like the OPI shade, is opaque in two coats.

RP 6.00

Sally Hansen Gunmetal::

Out of the three, this is my least favorite, just because it is more metallic and has less of a soft shimmer than the other two. It is also a bit more blue-toned, and has a more thick formula, so any more than two coats will be much too gloopy.  If you want a bold gunmetal color, however, this is a great option.

RP 3.00

I love gunmetal for the winter seasons- it brings out a bit of a "punk" edge in me.

What is your favorite gunmetal shade for the winter?

xx BB

December 7, 2013

What's on my Playlist? | December

Hello There!

I have missed these posts so much! I have found so much cool music since my last "playlist" post, so I figured I would share 20 of my favorite current tunes.

I have discovered some old favorites and some great new songs. You may also have noticed that there are some Christmas songs in the mix. I am not always keen on cheesy Christmas songs because frankly some give me a headache. But these are actually really lovely. 

I hope you find a new favorite amongst the songs I chose! I will be listening to all of these throughout the holiday season. 

What is your favorite holiday song?

xx BB

November 30, 2013

FOTD #5 | Holiday-Party-Ready

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I know, here have I been? I explained it all in a video I will link here. But today I thought I would share the look I have been loving for the holidays. The gold touches are festive, but the cat-eye and glowing skin makes it look glamorous. Here's what I wore:


Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation 
Merle Norman Camouflage Creme Concealer
Neutrogena Skin Clearing Powder
Lancome Blush- Shimmer Pool Pink
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer- Sunny


MAC Paint Pot- Nubile
Airbrush Naturals Pigment- Spiced Gold
Wet N Wild Palette- Paraidse Cove (The Darkest Brown)
Loreal 24hr Infallible Gel Liner- Black
Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara- Extra Black
Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara


Artistry Light Up Lip Gloss- Passion

I hope you enjoyed this quick post! I will be posting more often- I promise- and I will be wearing this look a lot for the holiday season. 

What is your favorite holiday look?

xx BB

October 6, 2013

QOTD | Is it all for Others?

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Sometimes, when I do something, I get so caught up in doing it that I have to step back and ask myself "am I doing this for ME?" And it is an important question to ask. Some days I feel like everything I am working for is to make others happy and not to benefit myself. This quote explains what I sometimes feel perfectly: 

I am the kind of person who likes to make others happy, who likes to hear other say that they are proud of me. I look for the approval of others. So sometimes finishing that race means nothing to me if I did not sign up for the race to accomplish something for myself. So do what you want to do; in the end it is your life, and you are living for you, and not for someone. 

Have you ever "run a race" for someone else? Or have you ever told someone you were not going to do something because you would not be doing it for you?

xx BB

October 5, 2013

What's on My Playlist? | October

Hello There!

As fall sets in, I look to new music to meet the new season. Here are some great songs for the autumn weather:

What music have you been loving for the transition into the more chilly weather?

xx BB

Run Forest, Run!

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It is fall once again, and I am overjoyed. Autumn is my favorite season, so it makes me excited to hear about all the new trends and throw on sweaters and boots. Last year I talked about my love for the color oxblood, and it got a lot of buzz. So this year I chose a new favorite color for fall, and this year it's forest green. It is such a rich color and so sophisticated, and looks awesome with gold and cornflower blue. Here are some of my favorite pieces in my new favorite hue:

If you are afraid to wear forest green clothing, you can wear it on your nails on your face! I love this forest green polish by Essie in "Going Incognito," because it is a creme-finish polish that wears beautifully on the nails and is opaque in about two coats. It is also one of the only inexpensive dark green polishes that I can find, and I love it!

If you want to wear some green makeup, because who doesn't, then I would wear it as either a liner or in the outer corner. For a great sparkly liner, I would choose the Stila waterproof liner for its longevity, and for shadow I would choose the ELF palette in Day to Night, which has a great matte forest green that is pigmented and blends beautifully. Both would work well to give subtle edge to any makeup look. However, blending a shimmer-y deep green shadow over the lid and buffing a chocolate brown into the crease can also make a fun evening eye. 

If you want to go for full on green, I love forest green jeans or a deep emerald top. I found lovely green jeans on Stylebop, that are a bit expensive but would go with just about everything. However, if you want forest green with a twist Urban Outfitters has a really cool pair in a pine ombre shade. There are also lots of deep green tops out there that can be worn under big cardigans, like a tank top from ASOS or a sweater with elbow patches from Burberry. Both look great with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans and black or dark brown riding boots. 

When you wear forest green, you can pair it with bright shades or metallic tones because it is so dark and almost looks like a neutral. I would recommend a bright cornflower blue scarf from Etsy or a rose gold watch from Fossil for a cool contrast. Both would look great and create a sophisticated fall look. 

I love forest green because it goes with just about everything, and looks so gorgeous with lots of black and a pop of color.

What is your favorite color for fall?

xx BB

September 20, 2013

Are you Red-y?

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Sometimes pulling off a red lip is difficult to do, but it's also tricky to figure out which shade looks best on your skin tone. So I figured I would make pulling off a bold, bright lip a little more easy by sharing what shades of red would look best on what skin tones. I don't think that one shade would not look good on someone, or that you cannot wear a shade, but these are the colors I would recommend for your skin tone. With all of these colors, remember to use a lip liner so the color lasts longer and does not feather or bleed.

If you have a cooler undertone in your skin, I would recommend a red with a cooler undertone to match. Lots of girls with fair skin have a pink undertone to the complexion, so I would choose a red with a pink undertone. I know this sounds crazy, but a red with a pink undertone looks fabulous on girls with a pink undertone to their skin. It will look fresh and fun, and won't be too dark or harsh.

On the other hand, if you have a warmer undertone to your skin, I would choose a lip product with a warm tone to it. Girls who have an olive skin tone, for example, should go with with a lipstick with an orange undertone to accentuate the warm tones in their skin.

If you have a very dark or chocolate-y complexion, I would choose a jewel-tone lipstick. Anything that is too light may wash you out or may look ash-y on your lips. Rich lip colors will also bring out the rich tones in your skin and look really lovely.

However, if you are in the shops and want a neutral toned lipstick, a lip product with a blue undertone will look good on just about anyone. A blue-toned red will be light enough for pale-skinned girls, but so light that it will wash out a darker-skinned girl's complexion. The blue undertones in a neutral red lipstick will also make your teeth look super white and gorgeous.

I love how red lips make me feel. With a bright lip on, I feel confident a fun. But for some, a bright red lip is too much. So for those who are apprehensive about wearing a bold shade of red, I would recommend a sheer wash of color, like the Revlon lip butters or the Korres lip butters. Either one will give you a sheer wash of color without overwhelming your look.

What is your favorite way to wear a red lip?

xx BB

September 19, 2013

wish, want, want | etsy #6

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I flipped through the ol' pages of Etsy again, and fell in love with a few quirky and cute pieces that I thought I would share with you. 


I love this quirky kitty scarf. I have been looking for a cat scarf for a long time, and this one is a bright coral shade with cute cats under street lights. I think it's a fun piece with a lot of character that can transition well from summer to fall.

This "fish bone" bracelet is such a cool idea. I like that it is not obviously a fish bone bracelet, yet it looks like a fish bone when you look a little closer. It's also a dainty piece, so I can easily stack it on top of my rose gold watch and other gold pieces.

I have a few turquoise rings, but I can never have too many! I like this one because it has a floral design on the band and it is smaller than my other turquoise rings. This ring comes in a million different sizes, so you can get the perfect size for you, and pair it with black or lavender clothing, like I like to do. 

This bag is a beauty. I have one or two other Dooney bags, and I wear them non-stop because they have lasted for ages and their wear gives them more character. I like this bag in particular because it has a strap, so it can be worn across the body or on your arm. Plus, it is super roomy, so you can fit just about anything in it! I love big bags. This store also supplies all kinds of bags from Dooney, from tote to backpack styles.
This geometric black necklace is cool because it is a short necklace with a "choker" type fit. It is such a classic piece because black and gold works with just about everything. I also like that it is short, so it will not hang awkwardly across tops. It is slightly expensive for a necklace, but I would get so much use out of such a classic piece.

I love all of these pieces because they all have a bit of character that makes them quirky and fun, yet still classic. Quirky yet classic is sort of my fashion taste, so I would get tons of wear out of all of these pieces.

Have you found anything on Etsy that you just love?

xx BB

September 15, 2013

Pink Pout

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I have now moved on from the mauve lip, and I am now obsessed with bright pink lips! Here are some my favorites:

Rimmel #06::

This is a bright pink shade with a hint of coral. I love wearing this shade because its a fun color that makes me look quite tan. The only problem I have with this color is sometimes it looks a bit funny if I am very pale, so I find that this color looks really lovely in the summer. This range of lipsticks is also very pigmented and creamy, and it wears beautifully, so by the end of the day it does not look patchy. 

Covergirl Temptress::

I love this shade because it is a deep, rich fuchsia color that almost looks like a berry. I love wearing this on nights out because it makes me feel like a movie star! This lipstick is also so creamy and rich, but it does not feel greasy. When I want a look with a deep pink lip, I always grab this shade. 

Wet N Wild 521A (Fuchsia with Blue Pearl)::

This lipstick is so cool looking! In the tube it looks a bit scary, but on the lips it looks like a bright pink with a pearl finish. The blue pearl is also not noticeable, but it makes your teeth look more white. This lipstick is creamy and pigmented, and it is only one dollar! This has also been named a dupe for MAC's "Show Orchid," so if you want a similar shade but don't want to spend all the money, this shade is a really great option. 

Clinique Pudgy Peony::

This chubby stick is perfect to slap on when you do not have the time to put on a lipstick. This chubby stick is also surprisingly long lasting, so the sheer shade only needs to reapplied a few times throughout the day, and even after a few hours it leaves a pink stain on your lips. I reach for this when I want to wear a pink lip without needing a mirror.

I love wearing bright pinks because it gives a twist on a classic pinup look. Clean skin, cat-eye liner, and a bright pink lip creates a fun look that takes little time and always look polished.

What are some of your favorite pink shades?

xx BB

September 10, 2013

What's On My Playlist? | September

Hello There!

I am a bit late on my monthly post, but I still wanted to share some of my most recent favorite tunes. 

I am in love with Bastille, and slow songs too. I have been stressed recently, and this music has helped calm me down.

What music have you been into?

xx BB

September 9, 2013

Favorite Fall Polishes | 2013 Swatches

Hello There!

Fall is quickly approaching, so I thought I would pull out some polishes that I am excited to wear this autumn and share them with you all. Warning: this post is very pic-heavy. 

RP 9.00
RP 8.00
RP 5.00
RP 4.00 (ON SALE)
RP 8.00
RP 7.00
RP 8.00
RP 9.00
RP 9.00
RP 1.00
RP 5.00
RP 5.00

Here is the video I filmed, where I talk more about why I love these colors. Sorry that one or two were a bit fuzzy; my camera was not my friend today!

What are some of your favorite autumn polishes?

xx BB

September 8, 2013

Presh Life

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Today I am announcing that I am officially a writer for Presh Life! Presh Life is a beauty and style blog, create by girls, for girls. We write about beauty, fashion, love, stress, and just about all things girly. I encourage you to go check out this incredible community of girls, who are so inspiring and beautiful. I have linked my favorite article I have written so far here.

Please check it out, and let me know what you think!

xx BB

September 2, 2013

A Review | Maybelline Fit Me Blusher

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I have a new review for you all today on a product that has mixed reviews. The Maybelline Fit Me blusher and bronzer range is considered to be a really bad collection, but I thought I would add my two cents on the blushers. I have the shade deep coral.

I bought this color because it matches the shade that I naturally blush to, a deep rose-y shade, with a finish that has sheen, not shimmer. The product itself is somewhat dry- not soft like some of the other drugstore blushers offered. The pigmentation, however, is actually quite nice. While it is not very saturated color, it still creates a nice flush on your cheeks and also adds a subtle glow. 

Overall, I like this blusher because it is a light color that I will apply when I want a natural look or want to balance a smoky eye or a bright lip with a sheer wash on my cheeks. While it may not be as saturated as some other shades in the drugstore, if you are starting out in "the world of makeup" I would recommend this color because you cannot really overdo it. 

I won't buy another blush from this range, but I like it all the same. 

What is your favorite "my cheeks but better" blusher?

xx BB


Hello There!

I have been oo-ing and awe-ing at every puppy I see recently, so I thought that it would be only be fair that I share photos of puppies today. I am obsessed with the French bulldog and their pointy ears, so here are some photos.

This made my day better!

What is your favorite breed?

xx BB